Featured Hip Hop Artist John Sparkz
We had the chance to catch up with hip hop artist John Sparkz for this weeks featured artist segment.
We had the opportunity to find out his take on the industry’s previously released music, where we can find him performing and what’s the best advice he’s received from anyone in becoming a hip hop artist.
DSR: How old were you when you developed an interest in music?
JS: Damn, well lets see.. I was always into hip hop music as cliché as it seems. I was in 2nd grade and all I wanted to do was play guitar.
DSR: What was your earliest musical memory? What formed your love of hip hop music in your head?
JS: My first memory with hip hop music would have to be like pre-school era when my parents got me one of those kinda toy acoustic guitars and I just remember thinking I was so cool.
DSR: Let’s get to know a little more about you and how you grew up. What was it like in your hometown? What kind of kid were you?
JS: My town is very normal suburban town. With the mall, the boardwalk, I was into sports when I was little I was always playing baseball and basketball and skateboarding I was always outside doing something.
DSR: So let’s talk about your music. How would you describe your sound to someone who has never heard it before?
JS: (Laughing) I hate this question… uhhhh I’d say I’m just normal hip hop, music you can ride around with your friends and smoke to, shit you can relate to.
DSR: What is the significance of your name?
JS: John Sparkz my government Is John, and I sparks a lot of newports.
DSR: There’s a part of the industry that irks me the most, where great hip hop music gets overlooked because it doesn’t fit a mold. How frustrating is that for you, if people seem to think that you don’t have that sound for radio?
JS: Really to be honest I don’t give a fuck. If my music isn’t “radio material” people are still gonna peep it on blogs and twitter. It’s very frustrating though when people are thirsty haters who won’t give your music any credit just because of certain standards they have.
DSR: What do you think needs to be brought to hip hop music in this decade and how do you plan to add to that?
JS: Man, the music needs some eastcoast back!!! Enough of this feel good smoke weed Mac Miller bullshit, the game needs that flavor of eastcoast that deals with everyday life not just partying.
DSR: What do you think of hip hop music that came out in the last decade?
JS: I think some of the best and some of the worst hip hop music came out. You got artists like 50, Em and that whole camp, who changed the rap scene. Then you got Mac Miller and Wiz Khalifa who almost deaded good hip hop.
DSR: How would you rate the music that your music competes against in your local area?
JS: Everyone raps, everyones in a band, that’s why I love my town, But with all of that comes haters, and people who will do anything to be in a position someone else is in. And I would say I’m just focused compared to other artists around here, I got tunnel vision I don’t pay attention to any negativity.
DSR: Have you learned any lessons so far and if so, what are they?
JS: The biggest lesson I’ve learned is to just go for it, never pass up opportunities, I’ve done that and I’ll never forgive myself.
DSR: Do you write all of your own material? And if so, are you working on any new projects or have any projects that you are promoting right now?
JS: I write all my own music. I don’t see logic into rapping lyrics that aren’t yours. My last two mixtapes I put out are Newport Music and Newport Music 2. I’m workin’ on Newport Music 3 and I’m gonna drop that before summer.
DSR: Where can the people find you performing or attend any hip hop events you are involved in?
JS: They Can check my twitter @JohnSparkz for any updates
DSR: Where can we find your music online and offline?
JS: My music is on datpiff, Hot new hip hop. But I usually just like puttn my shit on youtube so its easier for people to listen. And if you see me, ask me I most likely got a cd with my stuff on it.
DSR: We ask all Artists that we interview, what’s the best piece of advice that someone has ever given to you?
JS: Hands down, the best advice someone has ever given me. Would have to be Harry Fraud. He produced Shot Caller, he’s like my brother from another mother. He always told me. “Forget what anyone has to say, just do you and stay focused, you know what you do and who you fuck with.” And now I live by that advice everyday
DSR: Is there anything else that you would like to include in closing of this interview?
JS: I just want to thank ya’ll for this opportunity. I also want to say you can find me on Twitter @JohnSparkz, on youtube, JohnSparkzOfficial and on Facebook JohnSparkzOfficial. I’m also on instagram , viddy, all that. And shoutout to Harry Fraud, Rico, Trust, and my number one fan Brielle.
DSR: Thanks John Sparkz. Keep inspiring people with the hip hop music that you produce!